Microsoft partners with Time Warner for new live TV deal

Microsoft announces "landmark" deal with Time Warner to bring US subscribers 300 live TV channels this summer.

Today, Microsoft announced a "landmark" deal with Time Warner Cable that will bring 300 of the cable company's live TV channels to the Xbox 360 later this summer.

Users must have an Xbox Live Gold membership and a subscription to Time Warner Cable to watch live television through their Xbox 360s. Live streaming is available only to those in the United States.

Supported channels include AMC, BBC World News, Bravo, Cartoon Network, CNN, Comedy Central, Food Network, HGTV, and more. Users will be able to control the programming using their voice through the Kinect, Microsoft said.

This deal is similar to the existing offer for Verizon FiOS subscribers, where users can watch many of the same channels live through their Xbox 360s with Kinect compatibility.

Live TV streaming through Microsoft's next-generation Xbox One won't require a separate application, as it currently does on the Xbox 360. The console will plug directly into a user's cable box and feed live TV through the system with an HDMI cable.

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straightcur
straightcur

Sounded like a good deal until you read the article..  LOL

erictepe
erictepe

Still not sure why this is news. I still have to pay TWC if I want those channels and I still have to pay for a cable box right? What does this do for me? Now if I could down load an app and stream TWC in HD, use my Xbox HD as a DVR and then am able to get rid of my cable box, THAT would be news!

Csdabest89
Csdabest89

I honestly can't wait. AMC is huge. Walking Dead on my xbox sounds absolutely amazinv especially while im playing a game with the switch feature. Do people even understand how easy this going to make gaming and TV watching

orkneyandy
orkneyandy

...because watching tv is currently so fiendishly difficult...?

Lazuliv
Lazuliv

This could work. I hope they find a way to. Release day needs to hurry.

uglypinkmoose
uglypinkmoose

eh.... I would think this was cool if they somehow made it part of the gold membership but I don't really care in this case..... I don't like TV enough to pay for it I'll stick with Netflix.... on top of this you still need a cable box? not much of a point aside from gimmicky control 

Pupchu
Pupchu

This thing become more and more useless...

kalon088273
kalon088273

Seems like a good way for MS to gather data for targeted advertising, and maybe a way for them to offer a subsidized Xbox One through content providers like Time Warner, but I can't see any real benefit to this for consumers. It's just more intrusive advertising.

advocacy
advocacy

Xbox One to gamers living outside of America: FUCK YOU.

coaltango
coaltango

whats the point, i dont see any benefit.


what marketing angle are they trying to force feed the consumers. 


It should be like if u have an Xbox live gold membership u get all those cable channels without having to subscribe to an additional cable service

streetnarrator
streetnarrator

"The console will plug directly into a user's cable box and feed live TV through the system with an HDMI cable"  


Lol very innovative MS


sqitso
sqitso

 "The console will plug directly into a user's cable box and feed live TV through the system with an HDMI cable." I'm a little confused. I use my HDMI cable to go from my Xbox to my TV already. How do I connect the Xbox to the cable box and get it back to my TV? My cable box only has one HDMI connection and so does my Xbox. So even if I connect the cable box to my Xbox.. how do I get the signal to my TV? maybe I am missing something?

hadlee73
hadlee73

Checking, checking checking. Its a gaming site so there must be gaming news somewhere in this list of news items... :P

meluvulongtime8
meluvulongtime8

What's the point?? Is there an upside? Am I missing something here?

alhussainnaseer
alhussainnaseer

cmon stop hating  look GAMING+ ENTERTAINMENT= AMAZING EXPERIENCE 

Thisisstupid
Thisisstupid

I've always wanted to be able to use my tv to watch tv. Thanks Microsoft!

BLAS1AN
BLAS1AN

MS partners with ESPN, NFL, Time Warner, Comcast, Pizza Hut, Music, netflix...etc. 

whats next?...Myspace, Home Shopping and Eharmony?

drewdogg513
drewdogg513

wow you have to have a gold xbox live subscription to watch your own cable that you spend $100 a month for just like you pay for netflix and have to have gold to watch it lmfao

el_mariarchi_01
el_mariarchi_01

Microsoft I do not care about TV. I just want decent games!

ma_hurt
ma_hurt

So, if I have this straight......  I can watch tv thru my tv.  OR, I can pay $50 extra and watch tv thru the xbox? 

innocent69
innocent69

The hypocrite Sonyfangirls are rejoicing in their seats =  YuppTV - Watch more than 150 South Asian Channels live on your PS3. You can watch your favorite Indian programs and movies at your convenience. Rejoice hypocrites, rejoice!

ajay1708
ajay1708

Actually sounds kind of cool, but I can no longer support Microsoft. They're not for the people and don't have our best interests in mind. Their only goal is to suck every dollar from us they can by force. 

RighteousWoman
RighteousWoman

Bottom line - Choice is ALWAYS a good thing. Anyone suggesting otherwise should pack up and move to China. 

csward
csward

why does anyone care about this feature? 

Geogyf
Geogyf

that deal is only for americans

Change_MyShorts
Change_MyShorts

I hate the ignorant comments on here, You dont have to use any of these new features folks...but its there if you choose to.

vidking
vidking

What's next?....  I can hook up my xbox 360 to it the same way and play xbox 360 games seamlessly the same way?  Or  for a matter of fact any other game console... I suppose you could do that too!! but Microsoft doesn't say that  i wonder why???..... LOL.....

DeanoFantasy
DeanoFantasy

Already pay for electricity, Sky TV, broadband internet and TV license, that's not always cheap, im not paying anything more extra to watch it on the 360 or the One, it will be the PS4 for me.

myaliasisjames
myaliasisjames

Bandwidth caps are a end user problem. The consumer will be left to deal with the ISP's that are threatened by this deal. Please get the word out that most ISP's don't feel subscribers should use more than an arbitrary cap. I'm not an advocate of the deal, I'm an advocate of more bandwidth.

proxopata
proxopata

LOL ! Only in America people could be so stupid to fall for that ;) no wonder MS targets them ;p

Agonoize76
Agonoize76

Yeeees more TV, I love TV so that's what I want to do, just Watch TV all day long!!! and ohhh yes I can switch between channels with Kinect 2.0 I'm so looking forward to this WOOOOW

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Microsoft partners with Time Warner for new live TV deal.

Sony partners with game publishers for new game deal.


By the way, my cable TV currently works perfectly fine, Microsoft.

Darthexodus
Darthexodus

Ditch the TV crap no one cares, make good games!

CaptWaffle
CaptWaffle

So you have to already be a subscriber TO the cable company and you have to have another box...... so it's a really expensive extra cable box.....  The thing is... I can hit the "AV" button to switch between my games and TV RIGHT NOW ON MY CURRENT SYSTEM.  (sigh)

junglist101
junglist101

Why is anyone still buying this monstrosity?

VeeArSick
VeeArSick

My cable remote has more buttons than an Xbox One. Not to mention I wouldn't want my Xbox One on reducing it's lifespan to watch TV, that could easily be done by another device called a cable box.

I'm not sure what their deal is here, but these gimmicks aren't winning me over. Sorry Microsoft.

ibonedyourmom
ibonedyourmom

Wow isn't that nice. The two greediest fuckin corporations on the planet have made a deal. They can both eat my ass.

thehawk3986
thehawk3986

YAwwwwnnn... Why is microsoft so obsessed with this cable integration crap... statistics show that cable tv subs and viewership is on a steep decline. And this is not an amazing feature, because you HAVE TO BE A CABLE SUBSCRIBER ALREADY! now if microsoft came up with some sort of Xbox Live package where you pay something like $100 for the year and you get access to NEtflix, Hulu, HBO GO, and all of those type apps. Then maybe just maybe that would be worth wild. But paying $60 for xbox live, $9 for netflix, $8 for hulu, $13 for hbogo, and some obnoxious cable bill is just not all that attractive in my opinion. But I guess fanboys don't really care what crap they toss at you as long as they can have their shiny new xbox. pathetic

zintarr
zintarr

I'm confused. How is this more amazing than just changing the channel?